Stress can result in a workers’ compensation claim

Do you find yourself stressed at work? If so, you are in the same position as millions of other Americans. It may not be typical, but there are times…

Do you find yourself stressed at work? If so, you are in the same position as millions of other Americans. It may not be typical, but there are times when stress can result in a workers’ compensation claim. This doesn’t mean you can make a claim just because you are stressed. Instead, you need to answer a few questions before deciding what to do next:

— Has the stress led to a permanent impairment?

— Did you experience stress in excess of what is normally expected for your position?

— Are you able to prove that the cause of the stress was directly related to your job?

There are many types of workplace injuries that are considered common. For example, a broken bone related to a warehouse accident is something that companies and workers’ compensation providers may expect.

On the flipside, the same cannot be said of stress related claims. These are psychological in nature, making them difficult to prove. But even with the higher standard of proof, it is possible to file this type of claim.

If stress causes extreme anxiety, maybe even resulting in an emotional breakdown, the employee may have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim.

There is nothing simple about a workers’ compensation claim associated with stress. Even though this can be a challenge to prove, it is something that many before you have done so successfully. If your stress is above and beyond what most would consider normal, you may need to file a claim as you are unable to perform your job duties with your current condition.

Source: American Bar Association, “Stressed at Work? You Might Have a Workers Compensation Claim,” accessed March 29, 2016

Are non-physical injuries covered by workers’ compensation?

Have you heard the expression, “I’m taking a mental health day?” Even if not officially sanctioned by one’s employer, such sick days may go a long way toward protecting the…

Have you heard the expression, “I’m taking a mental health day?” Even if not officially sanctioned by one’s employer, such sick days may go a long way toward protecting the longevity of one’s career.

Yet what happens when work-related emotional distress or anxiety becomes clinical? Can a worker get workers’ compensation benefits for such non-physical conditions?

As a law firm that focuses on workers’ compensation, we know that accidents in the workplace do occasionally happen. Most Pennsylvania employers are required to carry insurance to cover this scenario, and benefits are supposed to be provided without regard to whom might have been at fault for the accident.

Unfortunately, disputes can arise over the diagnosis and treatment of work injuries. This risk may be greatest for conditions that have non-clinical counterparts, such as emotional distress and anxiety. For example, an employer may dispute causation, asserting that such mental or emotional injuries are caused by factors in a worker’s personal life, rather than job-induced. An employer’s insurance policy may also dispute a proposed treatment plan, viewing  counseling or other therapies as unnecessary.

Typically, a worker should report any workplace accident immediately to his or her supervisor. Doing so may help document the details of the incident. Yet a diagnosis for a non-physical injury might not manifest immediately. We encourage our clients to consult with an attorney if they think they might have a compensable mental or emotional work injury, rather than waiting for the condition to become so severe that work becomes impossible.  Check out our firm’s website to learn more about workers’ compensation law in Pennsylvania.

Source: FindLaw, “Can I Get Workers’ Comp for Anxiety and Emotional Distress?” Ephrat Livni, March 21, 2016

Repetitive stress injuries can cause great pain

When most people think about a workplace accident, the first thing that comes to mind is a slip and fall, something falling from a distance, or an equipment malfunction….

When most people think about a workplace accident, the first thing that comes to mind is a slip and fall, something falling from a distance, or an equipment malfunction. While these can all lead to injuries, there are other risks to keep in mind.

Repetitive stress injuries do not happen suddenly. Instead, this is a type of injury that occurs over time. One day after the next, thanks to the same action, muscles and tendons begin to wear down. At some point, the person is faced with an injury that can be debilitating.

Here are some of the most common types of repetitive stress injuries: carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, back injuries, knee injuries, and shoulder injuries.

The worst part of repetitive stress injuries is that you may not realize you are doing something that harms your body. You think that everything is okay, but over time a particular body part, such as your wrists, begins to bother you. Soon enough, you are unable to function as you once did.

Do you find yourself unable to work as the result of a repetitive stress injury? If so, it is important to realize that you have legal rights. The only problem is that it can be difficult to demonstrate that the injury occurred over time, as the result of your employment.

If you find yourself in this position, contact us for assistance. We know how to help people who are suffering from repetitive stress injuries. You can read our website and blog to learn more. From there, contact us online or via phone to discuss your particular case.

Tragic accident at recycling plant claims worker’s life

Just before 7:30 a.m., on March 1, a man working at a Holmesburg, Pennsylvania, Waste Management recycling facility was killed when a large bale of recyclable paper fell on…

Just before 7:30 a.m., on March 1, a man working at a Holmesburg, Pennsylvania, Waste Management recycling facility was killed when a large bale of recyclable paper fell on him. Each bale of paper weighs around a ton or 2,000 pounds.

The Waste Management recycling facility is the only one of its kind in the Philadelphia area, according to the regional spokesman for the company. He also said, “Today is a day of profound sadness for the family of the deceased and for the Waste Management family.

According to police, the victim was inspecting his forklift when another employee in a forklift struck the cardboard bales. In what was described as a “cascade effect,” one of the bales fell. Emergency medical services transported the man to Aria Health’s Torresdale campus, but he was pronounced dead about an hour after the accident.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the workplace accident, as is the Northeast Detective Division.

When a worker is killed while on the job, his or her family may be eligible for death benefits from workers’ compensation. The family will need to file a claim. If for some reason that claim is denied, an attorney who is experienced in workers’ compensation cases can help file an appeal.

Third-party lawsuits are generally not allowed unless a third party, such as a contractor, acted negligently and was responsible for the worker’s injury or death. In order to understand more about seeking compensation from a third party or seeking benefits from workers’ compensation, your attorney is a terrific source of information.

Source: Philly.com, “Man crushed to death at NE Philly recycling plant,” Julie Shaw, March 03, 2016

Drunk driving increases the chance of an accident

There is one primary reason why drunk driving is such a serious crime: It increases the chance of an accident. When a person has too much to drink and…

There is one primary reason why drunk driving is such a serious crime: It increases the chance of an accident. When a person has too much to drink and then gets behind the wheel, there is the chance that he or she could cause an accident. As a result, this person, along with anybody else on the road, could be injured or killed.

Here is something you need to remember: just because you are 100 percent sober does not mean that other drivers are in the same position. It only takes one drunk driver to cause a serious accident that injures or kills one or more people.

The problem with drunk driving is that anybody can do it. Even if you are careful to avoid this, other drivers don’t always feel the same way. They have a few drinks, get behind the wheel of their car, and then hope for the best. They never think that this decision could have an impact on others.

If you are injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you may be able to receive compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and rehabilitation.

Over the years, we have helped many people understand their rights. We have helped people injured by a drunk driver receive compensation. If you are in this position, don’t hesitate to contact us online or via phone. You can also review our website and blog to learn more about drunk driving accidents. You don’t want to be involved in an accident, but if you are it is important to understand your legal rights.

Railroad injuries are still common

There used to be a time many years ago when the railroad industry was booming. While things have changed over the years, there are still many people who work…

There used to be a time many years ago when the railroad industry was booming. While things have changed over the years, there are still many people who work in this field.

As a railroad worker in Pennsylvania, you understand that you face many risks of injury on a regular basis. This does not mean you will be injured in the future, but you realize that this could happen at some point.

Due to the dangerous nature of the work, it is imperative to be on your toes at all times. Along with this, make sure you follow all safety protocols. This could be the difference between remaining safe and suffering a serious injury.

Fortunately, the federal government passed the Federal Employers Liability Act in 1908 in an attempt to improve safety within this industry. Even so, this doesn’t mean that accidents never happen. While railroad companies are required to enforce a variety of safety regulations, there is no way to completely eliminate the risk of injury.

In the event that a company does not live up to the regulations set forth by FELA, an injured employee has the right to file a claim to receive compensation for lost wages, medical treatments, and pain and suffering.

Railroad injuries may not be as common today as they were in the past, but this is only because the industry has fallen off a bit. Those who work in this field still realize that they could be injured at any time. If this happens, the person should notify one’s employer and then receive immediate medical treatment.

Source: FindLaw, “Railroad Injuries,” accessed March 07, 2016

56-year-old man dies in fall from 12-foot ladder

A 56-year-old man has died from injuries he received when he fell from a 12-foot ladder at the Giant Food Store in Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania. While no saw the man…

A 56-year-old man has died from injuries he received when he fell from a 12-foot ladder at the Giant Food Store in Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania. While no saw the man fall, he was found lying on the floor. The accident occurred on Valentine’s Day and while the man’s condition had improved slightly during the days after the accident, he succumbed to his injuries on Feb. 21.

The man’s injuries were consistent with having fallen from the ladder, including significant blunt force trauma. He was taken to York Hospital. He was a relief manager for the grocery store chain and his death was ruled as accidental.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the man’s death, but didn’t provide additional details. The man’s autopsy showed that he died because of a blood clot in his lungs.

It’s been since March 2015 that York county has had a work-related death. That was a 63-year-old man who died from injuries suffered when a spool of wire crashed down on him. In 2014, there were 174 Pennsylvania fatalities from workplace accidents, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Twenty-five of those fatalities were due to people who slipped, tripped or fell.

When someone dies because of a workplace accident, he or she is generally covered by workers’ compensation death benefits, which the family will receive. In a few cases, there may be a third-party to blame for a workplace death, which could result in a lawsuit. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can provide more information about what is needed in that type of case.

Source: York Daily Record, “Shrewsbury Giant employee dies after fall,” Gordon Rago, Feb. 24, 2016

Carpal tunnel syndrome can develop over time

Some people are able to use their hands, day in and day out, and never experience any pain or discomfort. There are also people who begin to experience issues…

Some people are able to use their hands, day in and day out, and never experience any pain or discomfort. There are also people who begin to experience issues over time. One of the most common concerns is carpal tunnel syndrome.

This is not an ailment that sets in after one day of use or due to sudden trauma. Instead, carpal tunnel syndrome develops over time.

If you engage in repetitive activities with your fingers, hands, and/or wrists, there is a chance you could develop carpal tunnel syndrome at some point in the future. From numbness to pain to overall discomfort, there is nothing good about this health concern. In fact, it can become so serious that surgery may be the only option for relieving the symptoms.

Some of the activities most commonly associated with carpal tunnel syndrome include:

— Sewing

— Assembly work

— Typing

— Butchering meat

If your work involves repetitive hand motion and you have begun to experience the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, don’t hide this from your employer or medical team. Instead, be sure to receive treatment as soon as possible.

In some cases, you may be able to receive compensation after the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome. Our lawyers know just how problematic this ailment can be. We also know what it takes to help workers receive the compensation they deserve while they recover from treatment, such as surgery. Feel free to reach out to us for more information on your legal rights. You may find yourself in position to file a workers’ compensation claim.